Family Reading Night at Allerton Mansion

The Allerton Public Library will hold a Family Reading Night at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center mansion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Thanksgiving themed poem, “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Lydia Maria Child will be read, and there will be hands-on activities available for those attending.

Candidates react after Nov. 6 election


Registered voters – 12,141
Votes cast – 7,713
Voter turnout – 63.56%

Piatt County comes through for Davis

Piatt County election returns did not win the election for Rep. Rodney Davis, but they did allow the Taylorville Republican to salt away a narrow victory over challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

CNN was predicting victory for Londrigan after she dominated Champaign County with 69 percent of the vote in the earliest returns.


Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Journal-Republican will observe early deadlines for next week’s (Nov. 21) edition. Deadlines will be:

Committee recommends Winder for maintenance chief

Piatt County has a new maintenance supervisor, as long as interim supervisor Doug Winder is given the county board’s blessing on Nov. 14. The building and grounds committee last week recommended the hire with a $60,000 salary package, increasing it $5,000 to secure an agreement.

Cerro resident records car break-in

By Christy Jankowski
PCJR correspondent

The Piatt County Sheriff’s Police is investigating the break-in of a vehicle that was caught on camera by the car owner.

Raising money for breast cancer awareness and research

The “Paint Piatt Pink” 3rd Annual Row-A-Thon was held Oct. 20 at CrossFit KMC and hosted 18 teams – seven more teams than it’s previous year and double the amount of teams from year one. This equates to 108 participants rowing either a “survivor” distance of 10,000 meters, a half marathon, or a full marathon (42,195 meters) in teams of 6.

Business brisk at animal shelter

The cat population is on the rise again at the Piatt County Animal Shelter, which is currently sheltering about 60 animals at its Monticello facility.

Health Insurance marketplace help in Bement

The Illinois Department of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois will at the Bement Public Library from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 to provide information and answer questions on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.

Bootcamp winner announced

The City of Monticello has announced Katie Keman as the winner of the 2018 Fall Monticello Bootcamp grant.

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